Friedman on Sabres' trade scenarios, Grigorenko's progress

Elliotte Friedman was on 630 CHED Friday afternoon.

On Tim Murray, the Buffalo Sabres, and potential trades:

“I think it would be a surprise if Chris Stewart stayed. Boston obviously has been interested. I was told – I think I mentioned it last week that they wanted two young pieces for Stewart. Either two young players, or a young player and a pick, and Boston just didn’t have what Buffalo wanted.

“I still think Ottawa is interested in Chris Stewart. I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s a potential match.

“Stafford, I do also think that Stafford has a good chance of getting traded. I know at times they’ve talked about him with Minnesota. I believe, actually, a couple of years ago they talked about a Stafford for Setoguchi deal that didn’t go anywhere when Setoguchi was still a member of the Wild.

“But I think, from what I understand, all of Buffalo’s UFAs – both their goalies, and Stafford and Stewart and Andrej Meszaros on the blueline – I think Tim Murray will not make it easy on you. He got a big deal last year for Miller and Ott, but I do think he will listen.”

On Mikhail Grigorenko:
“The thing about Grigorenko is, Grigorenko did impress them this year. Like, I remember last year during the middle of the season a pretty respected scout told me he was ready to call Grigorenko a bust.

“I was in Buffalo a couple of times in the preseason. He looked different and he was more competitive. I called the same scout, and I said, ‘What do you think?’ And I said, ‘I’m not so down on him anymore.’

“And what he said to me was at the end of the day, if you have a 20-year-old centre and he’s in the American Hockey League and he’s showing you something, as Grigorenko is, you’re probably not giving up on him that quickly.

“Now I think Tim Murray is the kind of guy who would trade anybody if he got the right offer. Like, he’s a guy who’s willing to listen. But I do think the chances that Grigorenko gets dealt are much less likely than I thought a year ago at this point in time.”

Source: 630 CHED/ Transcript: Nichols on Hockey